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Archives for November 2010

>Jokers to the left of me, jokers to the right

>Leila pointed me to this case in Seattle of Brave New World being yanked from the curriculum for being insensitive re Native Americans. The Prez has already gotten in trouble (per usual) with Fox News for the inclusion in his new picture book of Sitting Bull (http://nation.foxnews.com/media/2010/11/15/obama-praises-indian-chief-who-killed-us-general); I’m wondering if that same spread is going […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a lot riding on it. The final installment of the wildly popular series, it’s the story of the boy hero’s final showdown with the ultimate villain. Voldemort has severed pieces of his soul and placed them in Horcruxes, which must be found and destroyed in order for his […]

>In breaking political news

>My review of President Obama’s new picture book is over at Out of the Box.

The Prez’s picture book

Although President Obama’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Knopf) came in too late for review in the Horn Book Magazine, I thought I might offer a few comments here. Like most celebrity picture books (by which I mean picture books written by people famous for doing something other than writing books […]

>In which we are Proclaimed

>I must say Cambridge really knows how to be nice to a person. Not only did CPL children’s coordinator Daryl Mark treat Martha and Richard and I me to a tasty Indian meal before our program, and not only was our audience (including a dearly loved friend from high school I had lost track of) […]

>Live and on stage

>Martha Parravano and I will be at the Cambridge Public Library tomorrow night to talk about how parents can help children find good books. 7:00 PM in the lecture hall at the main library near Harvard Square.

Extra points for participation

You may have heard this summer’s buzz surrounding Jodi Lynn Anderson’s (bestselling author of Peaches) Loser/Queen (Simon & Schuster), an “interactive” novel for which cyber fans voted weekly on turns in the plot. With the paperback edition’s release date of December 21 approaching, and the ARC landing in the Horn Book offices, I came to […]

Skellig flies again

I was pleasantly surprised by the made-for-TV adaptation of David Almond’s Skellig, a Printz Honor and Carnegie Medal–winning book. Released on DVD in August 2010, Skellig: The Owl Man (Feel Films; PG) — the unfortunate subtitle added for the U.S. release — originally aired in the U.K. in 2009. Fantastical realism at its finest, Skellig […]

New Notes from the Horn Book

The November edition of our newsletter Notes from the Horn Book is currently winging its way to inboxes, jam-packed with – five questions for Lincoln Peirce, creator of Big Nate – comic novels – poetic picture books – big kids’ nonfiction – must-have holiday books and more! Missing out? View the November Notes online, then […]

Rocker Moms v. Soccer Moms

“B is for Boombox”; “F is for Flames”; “M is for Mohawk.” — from Alternative ABCs by 13th Floor Okay. I know I’m not the intended audience for this book, as a parent or as a children’s book reviewer. I’m not young, hip, or edgy — quite the opposite on all counts. But AMMO Books […]